published Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Poll shows Southern Baptists' reputation is suffering

Results come as denomination considers changing its name

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    A statue of Billy Graham stands outside the Southern Baptist Convention's Nashville headquarters.
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Do you have a favorable view of Southern Baptists?

Americans like Southern Baptists more than Mormons and Muslims but less than Methodists, according to a poll released this week seeking to gauge public perception of Southern Baptists.

Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, asked for the poll after launching a task force this year to consider changing the denomination’s name. That group asked denomination-affiliated LifeWay Research to poll public opinion about the denomination.

Researchers discovered 62 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Methodists, while only 53 percent have a favorable view of Southern Baptists. About 40 percent of Americans have a negative impression of Southern Baptists, the lowest rating among traditional denominations.

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Emersization said...

I agree the Southern Baptists reputation has gotten worse since they allowed worldly praise band music into their churches. They must of thought competing with the world using the worlds' tools were going to solve the problem.

December 11, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
nicstorr said...

Why wouldn't you use the worlds ways to reach the world? Is worldly praise band music unbiblical?

December 11, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.
mtnbikescuba said...

Yeah, electric guitars are Satan's handiwork. What are they thinking?!

December 11, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
cm0000 said...

The problem isn't the music. Hymns weren't handed down from God you know; most go back no farther than the 19th century. I'm willing to bet that at least part of what's happening is that the Westboro crowd is giving Baptists a bad name.

December 11, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
billiecobbler said...

when people stop believeing in the holy ghost and stop worshipping the Lord in spirit the church dies

December 11, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.
maryjanicep said...

I don't like any group of christians who speak badly, usually out of ignorance toward any other group of christians as Jesus himself prayed to the father asking Him to keep his followers united as one just as he and the father were united as one. Not only the followers He had then but all to come after. John 17

December 11, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
brokentoe said...

I doubt if it has anything to do with what type of music is being played in the church. Today's Christians, as a whole, seem to be so filled with anger, hatred, intolerance and bigotry against anyone who doesn't subscribe to their beliefs. They're the polar opposite of what Jesus stood for and their own Biblical teachings. Most seem to be a throw back to the Jim Crow and lynch mobs turned high tech. Those Jim Crow, lynch mobs considered themselves Christians too, and even prayed about it before going on their posse rides terrorizing the countryside.

December 11, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
Jemmy said...

Brokentoe, I agree, The Southern Baptists have completely discredited themselves by embracing hard-right hate politics. They feel completely righteous in their hate. No wonder Americans are rejecting Christianity in droves.

December 11, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.
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December 12, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.
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